Seahawks sign former Pro Bowl RB Eddie Lacy
The Seahawks added a former Pro Bowler to their backfield by agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with former Packers running back Eddie Lacy on Tuesday.
The news of the 26-year-old's imminent signing was first reported on social media Sports Trust Advisors, where Lacy's agent Patrick Dye is founder and CEO. NFL Network's Mike Garofolo put the terms at up to $5.5 million with $3 million guaranteed. The team has yet to officially announce the deal. The team officially announced the move later on Tuesday, shortly after Lacy confirmed it himself via Instagram.The Seahawks added a former Pro Bowler to their backfield by agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with former Packers running back Eddie Lacy on Tuesday.
Lacy's addition comes one day after Seattle hosted former Minnesota Vikings All-Pro Adrian Peterson and a day before the Seahawks were scheduled to get a visit from former Kansas City Chiefs star Jamaal Charles. According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Charles is still planning on visiting Seattle on Wednesday. Former Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray, who was scheduled to visit the Seahawks on Tuesday, is instead in Minnesota visiting the Vikings, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The Packers had been interested in retaining Lacy, who also paid a visit to the Vikings after meeting with Seattle on March 10.
One of the best after-contact running backs in the NFL over the past few seasons, Lacy rushed for 1,000 yards in each of his first two pro seasons after joining Green Bay as a second-round pick out of Alabama in 2013.
He earned a Pro Bowl nod his rookie season, but weight and injury issues have taken their toll on Lacy the past two years. Listed at 5-foot-11 and 231 pounds, Lacy ballooned to over 255 pounds in 2015, then played in just five games in 2016 after suffering a high ankle sprain and a deltoid ligament injury in his left ankle versus the New York Giants in Week 4.
Lacy said he was a few weeks away from running on the ankle in a Feb. 28 appearance on Schefter's podcast, but added that he should be able to participate when offseason programs begin in April.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Packers reporter Bob McGinn reported that at least one of the three teams Lacy visited in the past week weighed him in at 267 pounds, more than 30 pounds heavier than his 2016 listed weight of 234.
When in shape and healthy, Lacy has proven he can be an effective NFL running back, averaging 4.4 yards per carry over his career, but an in-shape and healthy Lacy can't be taken for granted at this point. Still, he would provide a more proven option than incumbent running backs Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise, who missed a combined 17 games in 2016 as Seattle had its worst rushing season since 2010, ranking 25th in the NFL while averaging under 100 yards per game.
In an interview with John Clayton on 710 ESPN Seattle late Tuesday morning, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said the team would not have made the deal without a "clear understanding" of how they would move forward with Lacy's conditioning. He also didn't think Lacy should play at 235 pounds, the Packers' goal for him last season.
"That may have been a goal, but he's a big man," Carroll said. "I want him big. I want him big and strong. But I want him at his best shape so he can be durable and handle the load."
Carroll told Clayton he saw some similarities between the way Lacy and former Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch finished runs, and the details of Lacy's signing make it clear Seattle's front office sees him as more than a one-year reclamation project, as a $5.5 million cap hit would make Lacy the ninth-highest paid running back in the NFL for 2017.
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